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Sanchez's Giants debut a few days away

Sanchez's Giants debut a few days away

SAN FRANCISCO -- Newly acquired second baseman Freddy Sanchez was expected to use most or all of the 72-hour period that Major League rules allow him before he officially reports to the Giants.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he believes Sanchez, who's recovering from a left knee injury, will be ready to play by the "back end" of San Francisco's series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Translation: He'll make his Giants debut Saturday or Sunday.

Sanchez, obtained Wednesday from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-handed pitching prospect Tim Alderson, was at AT&T Park in the early afternoon to undergo treatment on his injured left knee. He then left the park to attend to personal matters.

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To avoid playing shorthanded, the Giants won't drop a player from their active 25-man roster to accommodate Sanchez until he's fit. They did clear a spot on the 40-man roster by reinstating right-hander Billy Sadler from the Minor League disabled list and designating him for assignment. Sadler was 5-3 with a 5.34 ERA in 13 starts for Triple-A Fresno.

On another injury-related issue, Bochy reported that center fielder Aaron Rowand began throwing at a 120-foot distance and felt much better. A torn tendon in Rowand's right forearm has prevented him from starting since July 20, though he has been able to pinch-hit.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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